White sangria is so called because it is made with white wine rather than red wine. The drink is pale gold, the flavors are fruity and sweet, the sensation in the mouth is slightly bubbly because of the addition of soda water.
I know — the name of the drink is self-contradictory. Sangria is Spanish for blood, so, a drink with “sangria” in its name should logically be the color of blood. Who coined the term “white sangria”, I have no idea. Whether he or she is the same person who invented the drink is a mystery to me as well.
Bad naming aside, don’t think that a drink that looks and sounds anemic when compared to real sangria suffers from lack of taste. Oh, no. White sangria a lovely summer drink to enjoy during the day or after sundown.
White SangriaRecipe by
- 1 bottle well-chilled white wine (we used Chardonnay)
- juice of two oranges
- juice of one lemon
- juice of one lime
- simple syrup (plain or infused), to taste
- 1 cup soda water
- fruit slices (lemon, lime, orange, watermelon, apple… whatever you like, really)
- Pour the wine into a pitcher.
- Add the juices and the syrup. Stir.
- Add the fruit slices.
- Give the drink another final stir.
- Allow to steep in the fridge for at least eight hours.
- Serve with ice on the side.